Research Scholarships


To provide undergraduates who have research potential with experience of research and to encourage them to take further postgraduate study.

For more information about Research Scholarships take a look our Research Scholarships & Expeditions website.

You can also view our Celebrating Student Research Scholarships and Expeditions 2015 Brochure (PDF: 5.95 MB)


Applicants should be one of the following:

  • Undergraduates in the middle year (not first or last year and preferably penultimate year) of their first degree
  • Undergraduate medical or dental students between the end of their second year and the end of their penultimate year
  • Undergraduates studying for language degrees either at the end of their second year or third year (ie just before or after their year of overseas study).
  • Students awarded funding by the University Expeditions Committee will not be considered for Research Scholarship awards in any one year.

Application Form

The application form for 2016 Research Scholarship project proposals will be available here from early December 2015

The deadline for submitting completed application forms is Friday 4th March 2016

Method of adjudication

A panel consisting of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and Faculty Undergraduate Deans will judge applications primarily on academic merit and potential for providing research training. Preference will be given to:

  • research projects that have a clearly defined objective that is achievable by the student in the time available. (Research Scholarships will not be awarded for work that will form a substantial part of the student's undergraduate degree work.)
  • projects that give scope for thought and initiative on the part of the student and do not use the student as a general assistant. It will be expected that the student will have contributed to the design of the project and the framing of this application
  • students demonstrating academic achievement and potential and also showing an interest in and motivation to undertake research.

Research support available

Research Scholarships are available for six to eight weeks' work and carry a grant of £2010 per week. Schools or Research Institutes will be asked to provide modest grants for materials, etc, in support of the awards

Vacation Research Project Module NCL3110

Are you an undergraduate currently completing a summer Newcastle University based vacation research project either with non-University funding, or voluntarily and will be registered in 2015-16? If so then you might be interested in the supernumerary (extra credit) module: Vacation Research Project (NCL3110). For brief information about the module please see: Student factsheet 2015 (PDF: 266 KB)

If you are interested in the module and have not already received an email about it then please ask your supervisor if they are happy for you to take the module (as they will have to assess you), and request Degree Programme Director (DPD) permission. The module study guide can be found here: NCL3110 MSG 2015 (PDF: 435 KB)

Information for your supervisor can be found here: FAQ's Supervisors NCL3110 (PDF: 280KB) or contact the module leader Dr Carys Watts (

The following form should be submitted ONLY when you have DPD and supervisor permission in place:

Your details will then be confirmed and you will be registered on the module for semester 1 2015.

Research Opportunities

For other potential research opportunities visit our Noticeboard.

Similar schemes

There are number of external organisations offering funding for similar schemes as well as individual charitable awards.

Where appropriate, students, or staff on their behalf, should apply to these schemes as well as this University scheme. If the student is awarded an outside scholarship in addition to a University award, the University may increase the value of the outside award's student maintenance to the equivalent of the University's award so that the student is not disadvantaged by accepting the outside award that can enhance his/her CV.

Maximising the University’s success in external competitions not only raises the University’s external profile but also enables many more of our students to experience work in a research situation by enabling the University’s resources to go further.